Breast Reconstruction

Matthew J. Lynch, MD -  - Cosmetic and Reconstructive Breast Surgery

Matthew J. Lynch, MD

Cosmetic and Reconstructive Breast Surgery located in East Windsor, NJ

If you are planning a mastectomy or If you’ve lost one or both of your breasts as part of your treatment for cancer, you may be a candidate for breast reconstruction. Experienced breast surgeon, Matthew Lynch, MD, provides comprehensive reconstruction services to rebuild your breasts and restore your self-confidence. At Matthew J. Lynch MD Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in East Windsor, New Jersey, Dr. Lynch creates surgical plans focused on your unique needs to give you breasts that look and feel natural. Dr. Lynch is committed to professional collaboration with your entire cancer care team. Learn more about your options for breast reconstruction by calling or requesting an appointment online today.

Breast Reconstruction Q & A

What is breast reconstruction?

Breast reconstruction is a surgery to rebuild a breast. This type of procedure most often follows the removal of part (partial mastectomy) or all of your breast (mastectomy) for medical reasons, such as existing breast cancer or a genetic predisposition for breast cancer.

What can I expect during breast reconstruction surgery?

As a skilled reconstruction surgeon, Dr. Lynch uses a variety of advanced surgical techniques to reconstruct natural-looking breasts. In addition, reconstructive surgery includes procedures to improve symmetry with your natural breasts. These techniques include:

Breast implants

Common approaches in breast reconstruction involve the use of a tissue expander prior to breast implants, as well as directly placing an implant at the time of your mastectomy. These decisions are made in collaboration with you and your mastectomy surgeon based on treatment planning.

If your nipple is not spared at the time of the mastectomy, Dr. Lynch also reconstructs your areola and nipple using a variety of surgical and tattoo techniques.

Flap reconstruction

Flap reconstruction is a type of surgery that uses tissue from your own body to rebuild a new breast. There are several variations of flap reconstruction surgeries available based on what tissue Dr. Lynch uses:

  • Transverse rectus abdominis myocutaneous (TRAM) flap uses abdominal tissue
  • Deep inferior epigastric perforator (DIEP) flap also uses abdominal tissue but spares the rectus
  • Latissimus dorsi myocutaneous flap moves the large, flat muscle from the back to the front of the chest

Dr. Lynch determines which method of breast reconstruction is best for you based on your medical history, your body shape, and your expectations for surgical results.

How long does it take to recover from breast reconstruction surgery?

Your recovery time from reconstruction surgery depends on the type of procedure you have. Implant-based surgery typically offers a faster healing time than flap surgery, and most women will need at least 4-6 weeks of recovery time before they can resume their usual activities.

Dr. Lynch provides you with comprehensive guidance to ensure you heal properly from breast reconstruction. He also continues to monitor your healing process through follow-up visits.

If you’re facing a mastectomy and are interested in learning more about breast reconstruction, call the office of Matthew J. Lynch MD Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery or request an appointment online today.